Well, an early "Happy December", that is. I'm posting this two days early (in my time zone) not only because I look forward to Lexember as the one time of year I'm able to consistently work on conlanging, but also because there are a few things I'd like to clarify for prospective participants, especially first-time participants, before the start of the month.
Welcome to Lexember, a monthlong "game" that challenges participants to create at least one new word in one of their conlangs daily from the 1st through the 31st of December, and to post it here in this thread. This is the 9th year of the Lexember "tradition", I believe, and its 8th year here on the CBB!
Commenting on the words others have made is always encouraged, as is taking inspiration from them! Even if you're not participating yourself, you're still welcome to leave comments here in the thread, if you'd like. It's been mentioned in previous years that communities of conlangers on various social media platforms also participate in Lexember (in fact, I believe it was started on Twitter), so if you're active elsewhere, you might consider posting your words there, too. However, if you'd like to participate in the challenge, but would prefer not to post the words you come up with anywhere online, that's perfectly fine as well, of course.
Now more than ever, I want to emphasize that there is no single "correct" way to participate in Lexember. This has been a strange and difficult year for so many of us, and I don't want anyone who might be interested in Lexember to be discouraged from participating just because they feel that they might not be able to participate every single day or make their posts as detailed as they would like, or that none of their conlangs are "ready" enough. I've tried to address these potential concerns under the spoiler:
In 2018 and 2019, I updated the thread's OP at the start of every week to suggest various "themes" that people might take inspiration from. I'd like to do something similar again this year, but instead of suggesting a new theme every week, I'd like to suggest themes for all five weeks at the start of the month. I have a few reasons for wanting to make this change. First, my time zone is UTC−05:00, so by the time I'd get around to posting the theme for a given week, that week would have already started for a good portion of the world. Additionally, anyone who'd like to follow the suggested themes will now have access to all of them from the start, making it easier for them to "plan ahead", if they'd like. I've tried to explain why I chose these particular themes below the spoiler here:
- Week 1 (Dec. 1-5): Colors, Shapes, Numbers, Body Parts, and Clothing
- Week 2 (Dec. 6-12): Plants, Animals, Weather, and Geography
- Week 3 (Dec. 13-19): Family, Relationships, Emotion, Food, and the Home
- Week 4 (Dec. 20-26): Belief, Folklore, Superstition, Mythology, Religion, and the Supernatural
- Week 5 (Dec. 27-31): Time, Celebration, Culture, and History